Most of us have heard, at one time or another, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is definitely true when eating a raw diet but not in the conventional cooked diet sense, where eating a large breakfast is supposed to kick start your metabolism and set you up for the day. The raw food movement’s understanding of the assimilation of nutrients and the detoxification of your blood is very different, with many raw foodies believing that a very light breakfast is best. Don’t be scared off by this! The reason why light is ideally best is that your body does most of its detoxification and healing through the night as you sleep and continues until you ‘break the fast’, when your body’s energy is redirected into digestion and assimilation.
Now, I’m not saying that a very light breakfast is always the best way to go, especially if you are new to raw or transitioning. Getting breakfast right is crucial to how the rest of your day will go in terms of cravings, hunger and energy levels. I have been eating a high raw diet for a number of years now and my breakfast choices have become lighter and lighter over time as my body naturally adjusts to eating more raw food. The most important thing is to make sure you are full enough of raw breakfast not to be tempted by croissant and cups of tea during the rest of the morning!
I recommend that you try to eat organic produce whenever possible, as the herbicides and pesticides in and on non-organic food build up in your system and are not good for your long-term health.
What I eat for my Raw Breakfast (and some ideas for you!)
When I get up I start with a pint of cleansing and alkalinising Lemon Water (1 pint Water with the juice of quarter or half a Lemon squeezed into it).
About an hour later, or when I first get hungry I consider a Green Juice or Smoothie to be crucial as a good start to my day. Greens are very alkalinising, helping to draw toxins out of the body, and are rich in nutrients as well as helping with any cravings you might have for coffee or toast (strong cravings for these will go after a few weeks on a high raw diet).
Around 11am I will have a Super Smoothie with Cacao Powder, Maca, Spirulina and Bee Pollen.
When I first started eating raw, I would have a Raw Muesli with freshly made Almond Milk for my breakfast, alongside my Green Juice. These are all great starts to your day if you need a bit more to fill you up or to help you feel satisfied. Click here for some great breakfast recipe inspiration